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Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality

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Apocalyptic AI, the hope that we might one day upload our minds into machines or cyberspace and live forever, is a surprisingly wide-spread and influential idea, affecting everything from the world view of online gamers to government research funding and philosophical thought. In Apocalyptic AI, Robert Geraci offers the first serious account of this "cyber-theology" and the people who promote it.

Drawing on interviews with roboticists and AI researchers and with devotees of the online game Second Life, among others, Geraci illuminates the ideas of such advocates of Apocalyptic AI as Hans Moravec and Ray Kurzweil. He reveals that the rhetoric of Apocalyptic AI is strikingly similar to that of the apocalyptic traditions of Judaism and Christianity. In both systems, the believer is trapped in a dualistic universe and expects a resolution in which he or she will be translated to a transcendent new world and live forever in a glorified new body. Equally important, Geraci shows how this worldview shapes our culture. For instance, Apocalyptic AI has influenced funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation, helping to prioritize robotics and AI research. It has become the ideology of choice for online gamers, such as those involved in Second Life; it has had a profound impact on the study of the mind; and it has inspired scientists and theologians alike to wonder about the super robots of the future. Should we think of robots as persons? What kind of morality would intelligent robots espouse?

Apocalyptic AI has become a powerful force in modern culture. In this fascinating volume, Robert Geraci shines a light on this belief system, revealing what it is and how it is changing society.

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Apocalyptic AI, the hope that we might one day upload our minds into machines and live forever in cyberspace, is a surprisingly wide-spread and influential idea, affecting everything from the world view of online gamers to government research funding and philosophical thought. In Apocalyptic AI, Robert Geraci offers the first serious account of this "cyber-theology" and the people who promote it, drawing on interviews with roboticists and AI researchers and even devotees of the online game Second Life. He points out that the rhetoric of Apocalyptic AI is strikingly similar to that of the apocalyptic traditions of Judaism and Christianity--in both systems the believer is trapped in a dualistic universe and expects a resolution in which he or she will be translated to a transcendent new world and live forever in a glorified new body. Geraci also shows how this worldview exerts significant influence by promoting certain types of research in robotics and artificial intelligence, and has also had an impact on philosophers of mind, theologians, and even legal scholars.

About the Author

Robert M. Geraci is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter 1: Apocalyptic AI

Chapter 2: Laboratory Apocalypse

Chapter 3: Transcending Reality

Chapter 4: "Immaterial" Impact of the Apoclaypse

Chapter 5: Integrations of Religion, Science, and Technology

Appendix 1: Rise of the Robots

Appendix 2: In the Defense of Robotics

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195393026
Author:
Geraci, Robert M.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Robert
Author:
Geraci, Robert
Subject:
Robotics
Subject:
Artificial Intelligence
Subject:
Religion & Science
Subject:
Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Theology | Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Religion Miscellaneous-Religion and Science
Subject:
Religion World-Religion and Science
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 HT
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9.14x8.94x.86 in. 1.08 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Apocalyptic AI, the hope that we might one day upload our minds into machines and live forever in cyberspace, is a surprisingly wide-spread and influential idea, affecting everything from the world view of online gamers to government research funding and philosophical thought. In Apocalyptic AI, Robert Geraci offers the first serious account of this "cyber-theology" and the people who promote it, drawing on interviews with roboticists and AI researchers and even devotees of the online game Second Life. He points out that the rhetoric of Apocalyptic AI is strikingly similar to that of the apocalyptic traditions of Judaism and Christianity--in both systems the believer is trapped in a dualistic universe and expects a resolution in which he or she will be translated to a transcendent new world and live forever in a glorified new body. Geraci also shows how this worldview exerts significant influence by promoting certain types of research in robotics and artificial intelligence, and has also had an impact on philosophers of mind, theologians, and even legal scholars.
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